According to a new detailed report by the Washington Post, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham urged law enforcers to use their guns and utilize force against the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrectionists.
Graham was heard telling the police “What are you doing? Take back the Senate! You’ve got guns. Use them.” The GOP politician was described as “irate” by the senators who were forced to flee their chambers during storming at the Capitol.
In a recent statement to Fox News, the senator’s office admitted that the quotes are “accurate.”
“Graham was quite clear on this point, noting that the backpacks and other items brought into the Capitol could have contained bombs and explosives. The damage could have been much, much worse,” Graham’s communications director, Kevin Bishop, stated.
The extensive report also stated that Graham even called Ivanka Trump (ex-president Donald Trump’s oldest child) multiple times and offered suggestions for what the former president should say.
Graham has also long criticized the riot at the Capitol, even saying that “warning shots” and “lethal force should have been used once they’d penetrated the seat of government.”
“Yesterday they could have blown the building up. They could have killed us all. People coming through the windows had backpacks, as big as my desk on the Senate. They should have been challenged, warning shots should have been fired and lethal force should have been used once they’d penetrated the seat of government. Those backpacks could have had bombs chemical agents, weapons. We dodged a major bullet yesterday,” Graham said earlier this year.
“We’ve lost our will and our determination to stand up for law and order. When you let a courthouse be attacked and nobody gets prosecuted, the next thing you know, it gets worse. To all the mayors out there who have discord and unlawful behavior in your city, get on top of it,” he added.
Exaggerated liberal supporters claim that the 6 January attack was one of the darkest hours in the recent history of American democracy. They’ve also been reiterating that the rioters marched from a rally for the former president Trump to Capitol Hill to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory. At least five people were killed and many more were injured in the upheaval.
After the rioters were removed from the chambers later that day, lawmakers went on to finalize certifying Joe Biden’s victory. At that point, Sen Lindsey distanced from Mr. Trump and said that their time together was “a hell of a journey. I hate it to end this way. Oh, my God, I hate it.”